On This Day

May 1933 in Sports History

Events in Sport

  • May 6 59th Kentucky Derby: Don Meade aboard Brokers Tip wins in 2:06.8
  • May 13 58th Preakness: Charley Kurtsinger aboard Head Play wins in 2:02
  • May 18 First MLB All-Star Game announced for July 6 at Comiskey Park; to be played as part of the Chicago World's Fair; fans to pick players

Sports History

May 26 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs St Louis Cards

  • May 27 Trailing 11-3, Yanks score 12 runs in 8th & beat White Sox 15-11
  • May 30 Indianapolis 500: Louis Meyer wins accompanied by riding mechanic Lawson Harris; Mark Billman killed in a crash on lap 79; Lester Spangler and riding mechanic "Monk" Jordan die in a crash on lap 132

Birthdays in Sport

  • May 4 J. Fred Duckett, American sports announcer and teacher, born in Houston, Texas (d. 2007)
  • May 5 O'Neil Gordon "Collie" Smith, West Indian cricket all-rounder (26 Tests, HS 168), born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1959)

Johnny Unitas

May 7 Johnny Unitas, NFL quarterback (Baltimore Colts, San Diego Chargers); one of the greats, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • May 14 John Mortimore, cricketer (England off-spinner 1959-64)
  • May 21 Umberto Colombo, Italian soccer midfielder (3 caps; Juventus, Atalanta), born in Como, Italy (d. 2021)
  • May 24 Hemchandra Tukaram "Bal" Dani, Indian cricketer (Test Ind v Pak, 1-19, ct 1, DNB), born in Dudhani, Maharashtra (d. 1999)
  • May 25 Ray Spencer, English footballer, born in Kings Norton, Birmingham (d. 2016)
  • May 26 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2008)
  • May 29 Tarquinio Provini, Italian motorcycle road racer (2-time world champion 1957-58), born in Roveleto di Cadeo, Emilia-Romagna (d. 2005)
  • May 29 William Yorzyk Jr., American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly, WR 2:19.3, 1956), born in Northampton, Massachusetts (d. 2020)

Deaths in Sport

  • May 9 John Arthur Jarvis, English swimmer (Olympic gold 1,000m, 4,000m, water polo 1900), dies at 61
  • May 29 Frank Sugg, English cricketer (batted in 2 Tests for England 1888) and footballer, dies at 71